’m constantly impressed by the
sheer convenience iCloud adds
to my life. Just the other day, I
was walking down the sidewalk
and I remembered that my usual
Wednesday tennis appointment was
scheduled for a slightly different time the
following week. I knew if I didn’t make a
note of it that exact moment, I’d forget.
So I took my iPad mini out of my
pocket, brought up Siri, and said,
“Schedule tennis next Wednesday at
4 p.m.” I tapped “confirm,” and the appointment was added to my calendar
on my iPad. This was a quick, simple
fix, but the real beauty of it was that
the appointment was also automatically
added to the calendar on my iMac, iPad
Air, and iCloud account on the web.
I love iCloud. Thanks to its services,
any change I make to my Calendar,
Contacts, Mail, or Notes automatically
updates on every device.
Here’s another example. When I
know I need to go shopping soon, I begin a list in the Notes app on my Mac.
As I’m working around the house and
think of items to add, I enter them into
the Notes app on whichever device is
closest at hand. Then when I go out
the door to go shopping, I grab my iPad
mini, knowing it has the complete list.
Or take the example of all those
“gap moments” during the day, such
as when you’re waiting in line. I usu-
ally take the opportunity to work on my
email, deleting some, answering others.
Then when I get back to my computer,
any messages I deleted while I was in
line are now also conveniently deleted
on my computer, and ones I sent from
my iPad appear in the Sent folder in the
Mail application on my Mac.
The whole idea behind the cloud is that
your information is in sync among all
your devices: smartphone, tablet, and, in
fact, any computer in the world connected to the Internet. You create a cloud
By Jim Karpen